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Magazine Summer 2002 

^lOifthWestern Stat^JJniversity of Louisiana 

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Chris Maggio, '85 

Director Alumni Affairs 

Fellow Northwestern Graduates and Friends: 

As I write this, we are in the process of completing another banner 
academic year at Northwestern. This year we witnessed another 
record student enrollment and 100% accreditation of all of our eligible 
academic programs. Furthermore, our athletic programs continue to thrive, 
as we have become the team to beat in the Southland Conference. So it is 
an exciting time at our alma mater. 

While we continue to earn these positive achievements, it becomes 
apparent that we are attracting higher and higher quality students to 
campus. Academic success and a positive environment are virtues that 
prospective students and families look for in a university. Other intangibles 
that students seek are safe and friendly atmospheres. We are very fortunate 
to have these attributes in historic Natchitoches. 

As you read this issue and view the pictures of Natchitoches, I hope that 
you are reminded of positive endeavors while you attended Northwestern. 
Natchitoches, with its beauty and charm, is the perfect setting for a 
university, and with the positive relationship that exist between the two, 
you can certainly see why we are the college of choice for thousands of 

As we promote the university we also promote Natchitoches, and the 
same holds true for Natchitoches. Northwestern is the focal point when 
Natchitoches is marketed. 

Growing up in Natchitoches I vividly remember store windows painted 
purple and white on game days. Northwestern flags flying on the 
downtown bridge and the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band leading 
the Christmas Festival parade. As a student at Northwestern, 1 remember 
the genuineness of local merchants as they expressed their gratitude to 
students for choosing Northwestern and becoming a part of the 
Natchitoches community and I appreciated the student discounts at the 
local eateries and businesses. 

Now, as an administrator at the university I see the sincere relationships 
and cooperation between city and university officials, merchants, 
townspeople, faculty, staff, and students. We are very lucky to have such a 
strong "town and gown" bond, and under the current leadership of Dr. 
Randall Webb and Mayor Wayne McCullen, this association is as vibrant 
as ever. 

I hope you have a great summer, and hope that you have an opportunity 
to visit Natchitoches and Northwestern again soon to relive some of the 
positive memories that you had while a student. Ill 

About the cover: Front Street in Natchitoches at sunrise. Natchitoches 
Mayor, Wayne McCullen and wife Sandra with NSU President Randall 
Webb and wife Brcnda, are superimposed over the historic downtown brick 

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Volume Xll Number 2 Summer 2002 

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President Ginger Wiggins 

Jackson, Miss. 1986 

Vice President Dr. B.L. Shaw 

Shreveport, 1955, 1960 

Secretary-Treasurer Jimmy Williams 

Winnfield, 1993 

Executive Director Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985, 1991 


Dane Broussard Houston,Texas 1986 

Jerry Brungart.... Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969 

Joe Cunningham, Jr ...Natchitoches, 1984 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974, 1975 

F. Allen Horton Jr.. .New Iberia, 1957,1962 

Adrian Howard Arlington, Texas, 1989 

Carlos Jones Ruston, 1993 

Gail Jones Natchez, 1981, 1998 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Carroll Long Tyler, Texas, 1970 

David Morgan Austin, Texas, 1973 

K. Michael Sawrie Alexandria, 1972 

Dr. B.L. Shaw Shreveport, 1955, 1960 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964 

Ginger Wiggins Jackson, Miss., 1986 

Jimmy Williams Winnfield, 1993 


Stacie Cosby. Alexandria 

SGA President 

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spring, summer, fall and winter. 


Chris Maggio 


Jennifer Wilbanks Anderson, 1997 


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Northwe.stern State University is accredited by the Commis- 
sion cm Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools ( 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: 
Telephone number 404-679-4.501) to award Associate, Bac- 
calaureate, Master's, Specialist and Doctorate degrees. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi- 
ana not to discriminate on the bases of race, color, religion, 
sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational pro- 
grams, activities or employment practices. 

' ^ atchitoche^i 


Strong university, city relationship^ 
helps each continue to prosper 

The past 15 years have ~been a time of 
unprecedented growth for both Northwestern 
State and Natchitoches. That's no coincidence. 
During that time, the university and the city 
have worked closely on numerous activities and 
projects. H i 

Natchitoches Mayor, Wayne McCullen and wife Sandra were photographed in downtown Natchitoches on the patio of 
Dominic's ItaHan Restaurant, with NSU President Randall Webb and wife Brenda. 

Northwestern and Natchitoches go hand in hand," said NSU 
student Halie Lucky, a freshman family and consumer 
sciences major from Natchitoches, who returned to the 
city after being away for several years and works in the 
Office of Admissions and Recruiting. "You feel like you 
know everyone. Your neighbors may go to school or work 
here. We give tours to students and their parents and they are complimentary 
of the campus and the city. They know their kids will be at home here." 

The close community-university or "town-gown" relationship is 
constantly nurtured by NSU's administration as well as city government. 
"The city and the university are always looking to do things that are of 
mutual benefit to each other," said Northwestern President Dr. Randall J. 
Webb. "Things the city does impacts Northwestern and accomplishments at 
Northwestern reflect well on the city." 

For several decades Northwestern has been one of the area's largest 
employers, providing stability to the local economy through ups and downs 
in other industries. 

The heart of Natchitoches 

"Northwestern is at the heart of what Natchitoches is about," said Nick 
Pollacia, executive vice president of the Natchitoches Area Chamber of 
Commerce and 1968 NSU graduate. "The university allows the city to far 
exceed what one would expect of a community this size." 

The City of Natchitoches has placed NSU banners along the Highway 6 
West leading onto the campus. The city has also assisted the university by 
making improvements at the Natchitoches airport which is used by 
Northwestern's aviation science program. Over the past two years, the City 
also received enhancement funds to enhance the medians on Highway 6 
leading to the university. Work crews also put out NSU flags in the 

downtown areas to promote events and the City 
Council encourages community spirit by 
periodically declaring NSU Purple Days. 

"The City of Natchitoches and Northwestern 
have an extremely important relationship. Mayor 
Wayne McCullen a 1 969 graduate said. "The 
intertwining of these two entities has brought great 
benefits to the NSU campus and overall 
Natchitoches community." 

Northwestern is a seUing point 

When Natchitoches attempts to sell itself to 
prospective businesses or individuals, 
Northwestern is a major selling point. 

"When I talk with people who are moving 
here or considering moving here. Northwestern is 
the number one item we promote," said 
Natchitoches realtor and 1982 graduate David 
Stamey. "Not many towns of about 20,000 in the 
South can provide what Natchitoches offers and a 
lot of that is because of Northwestern. The 
university provides quality academics, cultural 
events and Division I athletics. That sets us 

Pollacia finds it easier to sell Natchitoches to 
prospective businesses because of NSU. 

"It's hard to compete with Natchitoches because 
of Northwestern. I tried," said Pollacia. "When I 

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Campus News. 

was in another community, we competed for a plant and lost to Natchitoches because 
of the university. Northwestern's presence puts the city on another level." 

Stamey sees the impact the university has on the city through faculty and staff who 
buy homes and students who rent apartments. 

"Students and employees of the university are welcome here. They are a part of the 
community," he said. "Businesses appreciate the fact that students rent apartments, 
spend money and go to restaurants." 

Northwestern is vital to businesses 

Several years ago, the university saw an opportunity to help itself and the residents of 
Natchitoches. Northwestern was able to sell excess land which was cut off from the main 
campus and used the funds to pay off bonds on residence halls. The land was developed 
to create a supermarket, convenience store, bank and restaurant. 

In recent years, the city has seen a number of new restaurants open along with other 
businesses which are helped by tourism. The presence of Northwestern is vital to 
businesses in the service industry. 

"All but one of my employees attended Northwestern. Without the university, I 
would not be in business in Natchitoches," said Natchitoches businessman Johnny 
Antoon, a 1968 graduate who owns Dominic's Restaurant, Antoon's and the Student 
Body. "Northwestern is the lifeblood of the community. Our former mayors, Ray Scott, 
Bobby DeBlieux, Joe Sampite' and now Wayne McCullen realize that. And it is very 
reassuring for people to know that their children can get an outstanding college education 
in their hometown." 

Antoon said people in Natchitoches also draw a great deal of pride because of the 
strength of NSU's academic programs and the success of its athletic teams. 

Combined events 

Two national publications have recently named Natchitoches as one of the top 
retirement communities in the United States. The presence of Northwestern and the 
abundance of activities at the university was a major factor in those ratings. Each year, 
the local calendar is filled with concerts, plays, art exhibits, lectures and sporting events 
which provide a variety of activities for local residents. Those are in addition to a 
number of major annual events. 

"The city and Northwestern always seem to be doing things together," said NSU 
student Katie Dollar of Pineville. "In the fall there's the "Boogie on the Bricks," the 
Christmas Festival in December and the Jazz Festival in the spring. Those things bring 
people together and give them something to do." 

Among the other joint activities are the Natchitoches - Northwestern Symphony 
Orchestra and the Natchitoches - NSU Folk Festival. The Symphony recently completed 
its 35th season. Among the highlights of the year was a Gala Benefit to raise funds for 
a Steinway piano for the Mrs. H.D. Dear, Sr. and Alice Estelle Dear School of Creative 
and Performing Arts. 

"Not many communities our size are able to hear a symphony of the caliber we have 
in Natchitoches. We do it primarily with student musicians and raise about $20-25 
thousand a year for scholarships," said David Graham, president of the Natchitoches- 
Northwestern Symphony Society and 1956 graduate. "When we were raising money 
for the piano, we got six corporate sponsorships and a level of community support that 
was unheard of." 

The Natchitoches/NSU Folk Festival has been recognized as a four-time winner of 
the prestigious "Top Twenty Events in the Southeast" Award given annually by the 
Southeast Tourism Society. The Festival was also selected for inclusion in the Library 
of Congress' Bicentennial Celebration: Local Legacies Project. 

"We could not do this festival without the people of the community who give of 
their time to help us," said Dr. Lisa Abney, director of the Louisiana Folklife Center at 
NSU. "To many people, the Festival is a time to come back to Northwestern. They 
come every year and take pride in that." 

Abney said local government is also extremely helpful in dealing with a number of details. 

"It would be very difficult to have a successful festival without the cooperation of 
the city," she said. "They arc always available to answer questions and provide support 
whenever we need it." 

The Folk Festival is one of a number of activities throughout the year that use NSU 
facilities. Prather Coliseum hosts athletic events, summer camp activities, concerts, 
school events and even a Mardi Gras ball. The Walter P. Ledet Track Complex is used 
for high .school track meets and is open each day for use by the public. Other facilities 

including the A. A. Fredericks Auditorium 
and the Friedman Student Union are open 
for use by the public. 

When events take place on campus or 
in the community, one is likely to see 
Webb, McCullen and other city or 
university officials involved. 

"My wife Brenda and I feel like we are 
ambassadors for Northwestern and 
Natchitoches, so we get out and promote 
them any chance we get," said Webb. "The 
mayor and many city officials do the same 
thing. We know that by continuing to work 
together we can continue to accomplish 
great things." Ill 


m ivery weekday a group of 
r^ friends and fans of NSU 
M ^ gather together to rem- 
inisce, discuss current events and 
share breakfast. Many of these men are 
alumni, former faculty or staff members 
or just town citizens, but the one thread 
that binds them together is their love for 
NSU athletics. 

Their favorite topics include sports, 
jokes, fishing, politics and lack of hair. 

"And we talk about women," added 
Harry Creighton, a 1940 graduate and 
former postmaster. "Well, three or four of 
the younger ones do." 

"We solve all the world's problems and 
create a few, too," said Sam Coker, a 
retired professor of health and physical 

This group has been meeting daily 
since 1990, but most have been friends 
since much longer. The youngest of the 
group is 70 years old and they span a 
variety of professional backgrounds, from 
educators to road contractors to city 
officials. There are also two POW's. 

"Most are older than me so they talk 
about people I didn't know," said Sonny 

"We are a surplus of spare parts," said 
Gene Knecht, a 1 96 1 graduate and former 
NSU football coach. "Artificial knees, 
artificial hips and some pacemakers." 

Their love of humor is what keeps the 
group growing over the years. 

"We may be talking about two different 
things on both sides of the table," said 
Walter Ledet, a 1939 graduate, former 
track and football coach and registrar. 

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Campus News- 

College of Education gets an J\ on its report eard 

The Northwestern State College of Education is among 
the top of its class. NSU has been assigned a grade of 
"A" for the performance of regular and alternate 
certification program completers on the state teachers' 
examination, also known as PRAXIS. 

Schools with passages rates of 92-97 percent received an "A." 
Northwestern's passage rate was 94 percent. 

"I cannot express how pleased I am in the improvement in 
test passage rates," said Dean of College of Education John 

Tollett. "Test rates went from 91 percent to 94 percent. This is a 
significant improvement and 1 expect our rates will continue to 
improve. Our goal is lo be an "A+" university within two years." 
According to Tollett, the next phase will be to establish 
university growth targets. Those targets will include an increase 
in the number of program completers, improvement in test 
passage rates and ratings by employers of NSU graduates. The 
targets are expected to be established by October 1 . Ill 

This group of men get together every morning to reminisce and talk 
of their love for Northwestern. Shown are Walter Ledet ('39), former 
track and football coach and registrar; Dr. Arnold Kilpatrick,('44), 
former NSU president; Harry Creighton ('40), Harry Goowin, a 
visitor of from England; Tom Post; Sonny Fuller; Norman Hicks; 
Dr. Sam Coker, former health and physical education professor; Alton 
Townsend ('41), Paul Keyser ('40), former NSU technician; 

Gene Knecht ('61), former NSU football coach. Dudley Fulton ("35), 
former NSU Dean of Students and Clem Henderson. Other members 
of the group who are not pictured include Kit Carson; Fred Clark 
('50); Johnnie Emmons ('53), former football, tennis and baseball 
coach; Wilder Lindsey; George Morreale; Allen Posey ('40); 
Theophile Scott ('43) and Joe Sampite ('59). 

The men set aside one day of the year to honor their loved 
ones. On the Sunday closest to Valentine's Day, the group invites 
their wives for a ladies" day luncheon. 

The last ritual of every morning is a matching of quarters to 
determine who pays for the days' coffee. Whoever paid the day 
before leads the game so he does not have to pay two days in a row. 

"We have poor memory sometimes and can't remember who 
paid yesterday," admits former Dean of Men Dudley Fulton, 
who is also a 1935 graduate. 

According to many, the newcomer always loses and has to pay. 

These men come together in humor, but all are serious about 
their love of NSU. 

"I enrolled in 1932 and I've been here since," said Fulton, 
who began the tradition of Mr. and Miss Northwestern while 
serving as dean. "I've followed the careers of a lot of them. They 
make good career selections and none of them have failed." 

"Northwestern is headed in a great direction," said Norman 

"I am most proud of their increasing enrollment," said Knecht. 

There is probably not another group who enjoy visiting with 
each other and sharing stories of their days at NSU as much as 
these men. 

"We love humor," said Ledet. "It's a good way to start the day." 


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Campus News- 

Maj. Gen. Erbon W. Wise and his wife Marie have set up the Erbon W. and Marie Wise Endowed Chair in Journalism at NSU. Shown are (from left): 
Dr. Steve Horton. head of the Department of Journalism. Marie Wise. Maj. Gen Erbon W. Wise, NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb, Sam Holland, a 
member of the NSU Foundation board and Northwestern Director of Institutional Advancement Tony Gustwick. 

Wises set up $1,000,000 endowed chair in journalism 

Maj. Gen. Erbon W. Wise and his wife Marie have donated $400,000 
to the NSU Foundation to create the Erbon W. and Marie Wise 
Endowed Chair in Journalism. The gift will be matched with 
$600,000 from the Louisiana Board of Regents Support Fund to create 
a $1,000,000 endowment. 
"This generous gift from Gen. Wise and his wife Marie will have a tremendous 
impact on Northwestern"s Department of Journalism and the University as a whole," 
said NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb. "I know the Wises have always held 
Northwestern close to their hearts and have assisted Northwestern, its students and 
alumni in many ways. Their gift will allow our journalism program to continue to 

NSU's program is accredited by the Association for Education in Journalism 
and Mass Communications. The university has begun the process for reaffirmation 
of accreditation. 

Erbon Wise, a 1941 graduate of Northwestern, is a charter member of the NSU 
Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line. The Wises met while students at 
Northwestern. His wife, Marie also graduated from Northwestern in 1941. 

"Marie and 1 have always had love for Northwestern and the fine people who make 
it the splendid university that it has been, that it is today and that it will continue to 
be," said Erbon Wise. "Marie and I say thanks to the many great educators here and 
those who proceeded you here. You gave us a most helpful start in our lives." 

According to Wise, his family always called State Normal College, now 
Northwestern "our family college." He said his father and six aunts and uncles attended 
Normal, as did Marie Wise's mother. 

Wise developed a love for journalism even though his degree was in agriculture. 

"I came under the journalism guidance of Professor Ralph Ropp. Listening to him 
and publishing the Current Sauce was all the training I ever received in journalism," 
said Wise. "I graduated in agriculture because when 1 left the farm, my father had said, 
'We are farmers. Go study agriculture.' But my heart was not in that hard profession." 

After serving in World War 11, Wise returned home and in 1948 purchased a 
newspaper in Maplewood, a community near Lake Charles. He became the publisher 
of 36 daily and weekly newspapers and Court News publications before retiring in 
1998. Wise is the author of 19 books. His latest, "My Military Years, 1941-1969," was 
published last year. 

In addition to serving 27 years in the U.S. Army Air Force, the U.S. Selective Service 
System, U.S. Army Reserve and the Louisiana National Guard. Wise served Louisiana 
as adjutant general and as state director of the Selective Service System, Civil Defense 
and the Office of Emergency Preparedness. 

Marie Wise became a teacher 
after graduating from 
Northwestern. She was co- 
publisher of several newspapers with her 
husband. For 24 years, she wrote a 
popular weekly column, "Challenge of 
Genealogy" which appeared in 35 
Louisiana newspapers. 

The Wises have a deep interest in 
genealogy and established the Erbon and 
Marie Wise Genealogical Library at the 
Louisiana State Archives in Baton Rouge 
in 1987. 

In 1991, they established the Erbon and 
Marie Wise Education Trust to fund 
advanced education in newspaper-related 
fields. Students at NSU and other 
universities have benefited from 
scholarships provided by the Trust. 

According to Dr. Steve Horton, head 
of the Department of Journalism at NSU, 
the program will look to fill the chair with 
an experienced journalism professional 
interested in providing students with 
extensive training in various types of 
writing. The department also hopes to find 
an individual who will expose journalism 
students to the numerous opportunities 
awaiting them in the field. 

Northwestern has one $1,000,000 
endowed chair along with a pledge to 
create a $1,000,000 endowed chair in 
education. In addition, 21 endowed 
professorships are secured through the 
NSU Foundation. Ill 

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Campus News. 

Alpha Sigma Alpha 
Returns to ]\SU 


Anew year saw a new beginning for the some Greek 
members at NSU. The year-old local sorority Kappa Delta 
Sigma colonized to form Alpha Sigma Alpha in January. 
Though this generation of Alpha Sigma Alpha is in its 
beginning, the sorority is not new to NSU. An Alpha Sigma Alpha 
chapter existed on Northwestern's campus from 1930 to 1971. 

Alumni support 

One member of that chapter and NSU graduate, Sidney 
Gremillion Alan ( '42), a resident of Minden, embodies the ideals 
of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Alan went on to serve her sorority on the 
national level after graduating from NSU. She served as 
philanthropic chairman, then as vice president of alumnae affairs. 

Later she was honored by serving as the Alpha Sigma Alpha 
National Panhellenic Conference delegate. She first became the 
treasurer, then served as the secretary and chairman in 1985. 

According to Alan, national officers have had a great influence 
on her membership in the sorority. 

"From the beginning I was inspired by national officers," said 
Alan. My early introduction to knowing women on a national 
level made them very special to me. This has been as important 
to me as my church." 

Alan is elated that her sorority will once again grace the 

"I was exhilarated to find out about the new chapter," she 
said. "It made me sad when we had to close. It really put a strain 
on my heart." 

The new collegiate members understand the importance of 
alumni in the development of their new chapter. 

"Alumni give us the support we need by helping us understand 
the ideals of Alpha Sigma Alpha," said Kelly Manuel, chapter 
president and a senior from Carencro. 

Involved alumnae like Alan will provide models of Alpha 
Sigma Alpha women for collegiate members to look up to. 

"I consider this a lifetime commitment," said Alan. "Some 
people don't realize how important it is. I hope whatever 
activities they engage in will produce ladies who are poised and 
excel at their own levels and have a purpose in life." 

The group is looking at installation in October. Ill 

Find Your Friends and Win i 

Do you know someone who does not receive the Alumni Columns 

The Northwestern State University Alumni Association is 
sponsoring the Find Your Friends Contest. The person who can 
give the Alumni Association the longest list of names of alumni 
currently not receiving the magazine will win one night at the 
Ramada Inn of Natchitoches during Homecoming weekend. 

You may enter by compiling a list of NSU alumni who you 
know, who do not receive the Alumni Columns Magazine. Please 
include their name, mailing address and phone number if you 
know it. If you do not, please include the name and city. Send the 

Genero.slty of ]\SU alumni 
helping !K>tudent2!!i get an 


SU student Corey Devillier finds it easy to explain how 
generosity is helping her obtain a college education. 

"It takes a lot of pressure off me," said Devillier, a business 
administration major from Bunkie. "It keeps me from having to 
work and I can concentrate on school." 

Devillier is a recipient of the Martin Foundation Scholarship 
which is administered through the NSU Foundation. The donation 
allows her to support Northwestern as a member of the Purple 
Pizazz Pom Pon Line. 

"Because I have the scholarship, I can be on the Pom Pon 
Line. I enjoy dancing and this allows me to do that," said 
Devillier. "It makes me feel special to know that there are nice 
people out there who are willing to do something for others who 
need it." 


Recent support from alumni and friends of the university along 
with business and industry have helped NSU dramatically in 
recent years. Alumni of NSU were the most generous in the 
University of Louisiana System, according to the annual U.S. 
News and World Report College Survey. Northwestern had an 
alumni giving rate which compared favorably to many of the 
Top 50 institutions in the magazine's annual survey. 

"We are grateful for all that all of our alumni do to help support 
Northwestern," said NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb. "Over 
the years, our alumni have been receptive and willing to help 
move Northwestern forward. These scholarships help the 
University attract and retain outstanding students who help 
strengthen Northwestern." 

Endowed scholarships usually start with a $10,000 investment. 
A gift of $100,000 would endow a full scholarship to NSU. 

This year, the NSU Foundation awarded 310 scholarships 
worth $205,685 to students at the University." 

Giving' back 

Receiving a scholarship is very helpful to me and my family. 
I receive a TOPS scholarship, but there are many other 
necessities," said Donald Paddie of Noble, a recipient of the Ellis 
and Melva Juanita Martinez Coutee Scholarship. "It is good that 
successful people are willing to give back to help students at 
Northwestern. I am thankful to Mr. and Mrs. Coutee for setting 
up the scholarship." Ill 

list to Janay Matt at the Office of Alumni Affairs, Northwestern 
State University, Natchitoches, LA 71497 or by e-mail at Deadline for entries is September 1, 2002. If 
you have any questions you can contact her at (888) 799-6486. 

So pick up the phone and find out who is out of touch with 
their alma mater. You could be the winner! 

Thank you to Sam and Edwina Friedman of Dimension 
Development, proprietors of the Ramada Inn of Nathcitoches. Ill 

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Campus News 

Student-athleteis at XSU 
leading the conference 
in academic acliievenient 

Winning is important to the Athletic Department at Northwestern, but victories 
come in other places besides the playing field. While student-athletes at 
NSU have brought national attention to the university through competition, 
their work in the classroom has also brought distinction to the University. 

This past year. Northwestern led all Southland Conference institutions in the 
graduation rate of student-athletes as 47 percent earned degrees, according to the 2001 
NCAA graduation rate study. And indications are that the graduation rate will continue 
to climb based on the recent academic performance of nearly 250 NSU student-athletes. 

G.P.A. for the fall 2001 semester 

Five of 10 sport groupings at NSU posted 3.0 cumulative grade point averages for 
the fall 200 1 semester and the other five had averages of 2.5 or better. The study gives 
graduation information about students and student-athletes entering in 1994 — the 
most recent graduating class for which the required six years of information is available. 
Each report provides information about student-athletes who received athletics aid in 
one or more of eight sports categories: football, men's basketball, baseball, men's 
track and field/cross country, men's other sports and mixed sports, women's basketball, 
women's track and field/cross country and women's other sports. 

"Our main concern is for the student athlete's welfare and that they have the best 
possible college experience," said Athletic Academic Adviser Julie Lessiter ( '97), who 
also serves as senior women's administrator. "We want them to have a smooth transition 
to college. We have set up a good support system to encourage student-athletes to 
graduate and in turn become good role models and citizens." 

Aeademie study center 

Those efforts got a major boost last year with the opening of the 2,400-square foot 
Johnnie Emmons Academic Study Center on the second floor of the Athletic Fieldhouse 
The facility includes 26 study carrels, a computer lab, five tutoring rooms, a group 
study room and can accommodate up to 80 students simultaneously. 

"Having the Emmons Academic Study Center has made a tremendous difference 
for us," said Lessiter "We were previously operating in a concourse of Prather Coliseum. 
Now there are less distractions and we are more centralized." 

According to Athletic Director Greg Burke, the emphasis on academic achievement 
is in keeping with the department's mission statement and gives the university's athletic 
programs an opportunity for future success. 

"Athletic success is in harmony with academic success," said Burke. "Academic 
success helps us in the long run. It helps in recruiting because we can tell prospects 
and their families about the history of academic achievement. Parents send their child 
to college to get a degree." 

Athletic department goal 

One of the Athletic Department's goals is to see the graduation rate of student- 
athletes continue to increase. 

"Nearly every one of our student-athletes has, or quickly develops, an understanding 
of the opportunity they have here at Northwestern to succeed academically and to earn 
a college degree," said Lessiter. "There's positive peer pressure here to achieve in the 
classroom. These are competitive people and they have coaches who have academic 
achievement at the top of their priority chart." Ill 


Felloiv Alumni: 

It's great to be a Demon, and it's great 
to be back at my alma mater! As the 
new head football coach at NSU, I commit 
to you that Demon football will be 
exciting, that our team will play hard, and 
that every effort will be made to develop 
each young man into a leader who will 
represent our alma mater with class. 

My goal also is to continue to make 
NSU one of the top Division LAA football 
programs in the country. Having a large 
fan base will help create inspiration and 
support for our players and will provide 
additional finances which will enable us 
to keep pace with the best Division I-AA 
programs nationally. 

I encourage you, especially if you live 
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Alumni Columns Summer 2002 / 6 

Campus News 

Webb receives 
from Board 


Dr. Randall J. Webb 

^he Board of Supervisors for the 
University of Louisiana 
System accepted the formal 
evaluation of Northwestern State 
University President Dr. Randall J. 
Webb at a recent meeting. 

Webb was evaluated by Dr. Edward Penson, president and 
senior principal of Penson-Strawbridge (The Research and 
Consultations firm) and president emeritus of the University of 
Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Penson spent two days on the Northwestern 
campus earlier this year and met with a cross-section of university 
faculty and staff and community members. 

The Board of Supervisors adopted a formal evaluation process 
for university presidents in 1999. The policy calls for each 
president to be formally reviewed every three to four years and 
informally reviewed each year. This is the first formal evaluation 
of Webb under the policy. 

Webb has been NSU's president since 1996. An executive 
summary of the report noted that under Webb's leadership 
Northwestern has: 

Become the first and only public university in Louisiana 
to achieve 100 accreditation of eligible academic programs; 

Led the state in the number of exclusively electronic 
courses offered; 

Achieved record enrollments for the past three semesters; 
Improved retention rates; 

Achieved a record of clean financial audits; 

Seen annual giving and endowments for the NSU 
Foundation rise significantly; 

Improved student services; 

Enhanced computing technology; and 

Enhanced campus facilities. 

The executive summary said "The Board accepts Dr. Penson's 
report and concurs with his findings that Dr. Webb is an effective 
spokesperson for the University and is regarded as a person of 
integrity, honesty, diligence, sensitivity, and enthusiasm." 

"I am grateful to the Board of Supervisors for its ongoing 
support in helping Northwestern continue to move forward," said 
Webb. " I plan to study Dr. Penson's review and constructive 
suggestions closely and use his ideas to make Northwestern a 
better University." Ill 

Many ^SU Alumni onjoy 
ivorking^ tor their alma malor 

With the constant advancement of online courses and 100 
percent accreditation, nationwide opportunities await 
graduates of Northwestern State University. However, more 
and more NSU alumni are choosing to stay at their alma mater 
after graduation. Of the 535 unclassified employees at NSU, 
approximately 35 percent are NSU graduates. 

Assistant women's basketball coaches Kia Converse and 
Jennifer Graf both graduated from Northwestern in 2000. They 
are both also working on their master's degrees in sports 
administration while coaching. 

Graf relished at the idea of staying at Northwestern after 
graduating because she enjoyed the friendly atmosphere. A 
native of Loranger, Graf said she grew to love the people in this 
town and university. 

Converse, who is originally from Napoleonville, said 
working with James Smith, head women's basketball coach, 
was one of the reasons she stayed at Northwestern after 

"He lets us take on a lot of responsibilities. When people 
were doubting us, he was confident with us," she said. 

Darlene Williams earned her bachelor's degree in elementary 
education, master of education degree in educational leadership 
and specialist degree in educational technology at NSU. She 
currently serves as coordinator and trainer with Electronic 
Learning Systems. Northwestern's Office of Electronic 
Learning assesses and implements technologies that make online 
student services, compressed video, desktop video and satellite 
downlinks possible. 

Williams said she wanted to work for her alma mater because 
she thoroughly enjoyed the professors and courses as a student here. 

"First and foremost, I had a very good undergraduate 
experience," she said. 

Williams was a non-traditional student at NSU. She was 
able to complete the majority of her master and specialist degrees 
with the online courses that she now helps oversee as coordinator 
in Electronic Learning Systems. 

"Who would have thought, given the experience, I'd be 
involved in the largest electronic learning program in 
Louisiana," said Williams. "I am more involved in campus 
activities coming back as an alumni than I was as an 

Williams said she loves staying in contact with university 
activities and the opportunity to network with other alumni. 

Head of the Department of Journalism, Dr. Steve Horton, 
knew he wanted to stay at Northwestern the first semester he 
was there as a student. He began his stay by teaching 
introductory journalism courses and is now the chair of the 
program that awarded his undergraduate degree. 

"There's something unique about working at Northwestern," 
Horton said. "In many cases my former professors are my 
'peers' and still are my 'mentors'." I've also had the 
opportunity to teach in all kinds of situations to all kinds of 
students, including mothers and fathers of my friends, my 
children's classroom teachers and all other kids of strange 
combinations. Where else would you have such an 
opportunity?" Ill 

Alumni Columns Summer 2002 / 7 

Campus News 

University creates Scliool of 
Creative & Performiiig Arts 

Northwestern State University has designated its Department of 
Creative and Performing Arts as the Mrs. H.D. Dear Sr. and Alice 
Estelle Dear School of Creative and Performing Arts. The name 
change has been approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents and University 
of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. 

The School of Creative and Performing Arts is one of NSU's designated 
Areas of Excellence and includes programs in art, music and theatre which 
have earned full accreditation. 

"This indicates that the university has taken steps to increase the visibility 
of the school and provide a first class education in the visual, creative and 
performing arts. We want to provide our students with the best," said Bill 
Brent, director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts. "The 
designation is a recognition of the growth of the program and separates us 
from other fine arts programs." 


Enrollment in Creative and Performing Arts has grown by 233 percent in 
the last decade to more than 400 students. The programs are gaining a national 
reputation for excellence. Student music ensembles were selected to perform 
in Carnegie Hall and at the College Band Directors National Association. 
Theatre students have been chosen through competitive auditions to work in 
18 professional theatre companies in 16 states. Visual art students have been 
commissioned by major corporations to design artwork. 

"We have been successful in attracting students from throughout Louisiana 
and from across the country," said Brent. "The quality of our students and 
what they have accomplished was a major factor in obtaining this designation." 

Brent said the Spirit of Northwestern Marching Band has students from 
11 states and other programs in the school also bring in a number of out-of- 
state students. Graduates in creative and performing arts have also gone on 
to become educators, professionals or enroll in some of the top graduate 
schools in the country. 


The school's faculty has also brought regional, national and international 
attention to the university. Members of the faculty have performed, exhibited 
work and lectured throughout the United States and in Europe, Latin America 
and South America. Nationally known artists and musicians regularly visit 
the university to instruct students. Members of the faculty regularly perform 
at concerts and recitals or conduct student groups. 

"Northwestern is fortunate to have such an outstanding faculty in creative 
and performing arts," said Brent. "Each of them work to stay current in their 
field and bring that knowledge back to their students. In addition to being 
gifted artists, they are also dedicated teachers who spend a great deal of time 
working individually with students." Ill 


Another semester has come to a close at 
Northwestern leaving some to reminisce 
upon past memories and traditions. One 
tradition that ended nearly 20 years ago was 
known as Wreck Tech Week. 

Wreck Tech was the week leading up to a 
football game with one of Northwestern's 
biggest rivals. Louisiana Tech of Ruston. The 
rivalry began in 1907 with NSU and Tech 
holding the game at alternating schools. 
However, in 1937, the game became the 
opening event of the Louisiana State Fair in 

Every year in late October, a State Fair queen 
and court were elected at NSU. Pep rallies, 
dances, poster and pie-eating contests and 
parades were held the week before the big 
game. Local stores would sell out of purple 
and white streamers because NSU students 
loved to show their pride. 

During Wreck Tech Week, Northwestern 
students would make a bulldog. Tech's mascot. 
It would then be charged with a list of felonies 
and hanged in Turpin Stadium. The bulldog's 
remains would be left for all students to see 
and it would be burned in a bonfire. 

The week's events would culminate on a 
Saturday when NSU and Tech students would 
travel to Shreveport for the big game held at 
the State Fair Stadium. 

Starting in 1949 by student leader, J. O. 
Lancaster, the winner of the game would be 
given a banner, known as "the rag." to hang at 
their school. Also, the loser would be served 
crow on the victor's campus. Ill 

Alumni Columns SummcrZOOZ / 8 

Alumni Events_ 


Guess Who? 

Can you guess the names of the 
State Fair Court shown in the 
picture? If so, please contact the Office 
of Alumni Affairs at 318-357-4414. The 
first five people to call with the correct 
answerd will win a prize! 

Looking BacldoBa gniiooJ 

Congratulations to the following winners of 
the Guess Who Contest. They knew that the 
people in the above photograph are Cass Moss, class 
president; Elvin Lightsey, vice president; and Jean 
Lyons, secretary of the Class of 1952. 

Max Pugh ('51 ) of Alexandria 
Dan Poole ('52) of Natchitoches 
Ruth Lee Harlan ('52) of Natchitoches 
Jean Burkhalter Clark ('52) of Monroe 
Mary Jo Houston Fragala ('52) of Monroe 
James K Howard ('52) of Shreveport 
Ruth Ellender Gray ('52) of Thibodeaux 
Barbara Edwards Abies ('54) of Sherman, Texas 
Beth Johnson ('52) of Harrisonburg 
George Grammer ('52) of Baton Rouge 
George Pharis ('52) Boyce 

The three 1952 class officers Cass Moss, Elvin Lightsey and Jean Lyons 
have been busy since they graduated. 

Moss served three and a half years in the United State Navy. He then 
worked for a Savings and Loan company for 30 years. He now owns an 

independent law practice in Winnfield. Moss has 
two children and four grandchildren. 

Lightsey also served in the Navy. He was 
drafted into the Korean war after graduation. He 
spent 23 years as a Naval aviator on multi- 
engineered planes. After his military retirement 
in 1971 he worked for a financial management 
company until 1983. He enjoys playing golf, 
volunteering and participating in civic 
organizations. He now lives in Orange Park, Fla. 
on the St. John's River, one of two rivers in the 
world that flows from south to north. He has 2 
sons and three grandchildren. 

Lyons taught school for over 26 years. She 
obtained her master's degree in music education 
from the University of Colorado in Boulder. 
Since her retirement in 1980, she has been busy 
with volunteer work, particularly with Campus 
on Missions, a national church sponsored 
organization. She also directed a local Junior 
Summer Theatre for junior high students for 
seven summers. Ill 

Alumni Columns Summer 2002 / 9 

Alumni Events 

Support Demon Football 
in Athens, Georgia 

The Northwestern State University Alumni Association is sponsoring 
a trip for Demon Alumni and Friends to support the NSU Demon 
football team as they play the University of Georgia Bulldogs in Athens. 
Trip dates are September 20-22. 

Alumni Affairs and the Travel Place have teamed together to form a 
vacation package. King Occupancy is $492 per person. Double 
Occupancy is $503 per person. The package includes: 

• Round trip airfare from Shreveport to Atlanta 

• Round trip airport/hotel transfer in Atlanta 

• Hotel accommodations for two nights, including tax. at the 
Embassy Suites Hotel in Atlanta 

Hotel portage 

Bus transfer to and from Athens on game day 

Game ticket 

Friday night cocktail party 

Breakfast buffet for both mornings 

Flight times are: 
Friday, September 20: 

Departing Shreveport at 10:25 a.m. — Arriving in Atlanta at 12:57 p.m. 

Sunday, September 22: 

Departing Atlanta at 8:40 a.m. — Arriving in Shreveport at 9:26 a.m. 

Deposits are due by June 17 and final payments are due by 
August 15. For more information and to make reservations contact 
Margaret Fleming — The Travel Place — 560 Second Street 
Natchitoches, La. 71457— (800) 444-1836— (318) 352-8600 

Natchitoches Mayor Wayne McCullen ("69) and his wife 
Sandra Crotwell McCullen ('70) hosted the Natchitoches 
student recruiting reception this spring. Also shown are Director 
of Alumni Affairs Chris Maggio. Assistant Director of Alumni 
Affairs Janay Matt and Director of Admissions and Recruiting 
Jana Lucky. 

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Linda and Malcolm Maddox 
('71. center) hosted the 
Monroe students recruiting 
reception this spring. Also 
show are Assistant Director of 
Alumni Affairs Janay Matt. 
Director of Instutional 
Development Tony Gustwick, 
Assistant Director of 
Institutional Advancement 
Lesa Hatley and Assistant 
Athletic Director of 
Development Rob Zinkan. 

Shannon Brummett('94) and Julie Duncan 
('()0) catch up at the Shreveport Alumni 
Crawfish Boi 

Jack Eversull ('64). John Brewlon ("54) and Jackie E. 
Brewton ('55) visited at the Dallas alumni crawfish boil. 

Ricky ('85) and Julie Messina ('89) Walmsley hosted 
the Covington student recruiting reception. Also 
shown are Director of Alumni Affairs Chris Maggio 
('85. '91. far left) Assistant Director of Alumni 
Affairs Janay Matt and Director of Admissions and 
Recruiting Jana Lucky. 


Brenda Webb got the chance to visit with Melb;i ('44) 
and Moise Steeg at the New Orleans alumni gathering 
at Barreca's restaurant. 

Leonard ('9.^) and Angela ('94)Williams visited with 
NSU graduate Beth Bowman Tomlinson('9l ) at the 
New Orleans alumni gathering at Barreca's restaurant.. 

Alumni Columns Summer 2002 / 10 

Alumni Events 

Kim McKinney Willey ('92) and Krislen 
Weber show their support for NSU at the New 
Orleans student recruiting reception. 

Carolyn Hartt ("76) and Meradeth Hartt 
attended the Alexandria student recruiting 
reception together. 

Gene ('63) and Martha Koury hosted the Lessville 
alumni recruiting reception this spring. Also shown are 
Martha Hooper ('97) and Matt Koury ('95). 

Dan ('57) and Lilly Chase hosted the 
Baton Rouge student recruiting 
reception this spring. 

Karen Carpenter Shideler ('85) and Jeff 
Shideler ('79) attended the Shreveport 
Alumni Crawfish Boil. 

Hope and Greg ('73) O'Quin hosted the 
Alexandria student recruiting reception. Also 
pictured is Assistant Director of Alumni 
Affairs Janay Matt. 

Molly Beach {'02i, Parker Wiggins ('41) and Mark 
Deshotel ('99) show their support for Northwestern 
during the Monroe student recruiting reception. 


Marvin Watkins ('50), Theophile Scott ('43), Melba Morris 
and John McConathy ('51) enjoy visiting at the Shreveport 
Alumni Crawfish boil. 

Director of Admissions and Recruiting Jana Lucky ('92), NSU 
President Randall Webb ('65, '66) and Assistant Director of 
Alumni Affairs Janay Matt ('99) stop to thank New Orleans 
recruiting reception hosts Johnny Carmouche, Josette Sirmon and 
Quin Sirmon ('94). 

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Director of Alumni Affairs Chris Maggio 
visits with 1992 graduate Morgan Collins at 
the Leesville alumni and recruiting 

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Alumni Events^ 


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Julian Foy ("72) hosted the Many alumni/recruiting reception 
in Many this year. Also shown are Director of Admissions 
and Recruiting Jana Lucky. NSU President Randall Webb and 
Brenda Webb. 

Connie Weeks Tray lor (94) and her husband 
Jeff ("93) attended the New Orleans alumni 
gathering at Barreca's restaurant. 

Latrice Garner Harris ("97) and Tracy Harris 
( "95 ) were among the attendees at the Dallas 
alumni crawfish boil. 

Shown are Director of Admissions and 
Recruiting Jana Lucky, Charles ("71) and 
Linda Johnston ("75) Knicely hosted the 
Shreveport student recruiting reception this 

Roy ("93) and Kim Parker Divittorio 
attended the New Orleans alumni gathering 
at Barreca"s restaurant. 

Meade ("76) and Peg Phelps attended the 
New Orleans alumni gathering at Barreca"s 

Kelly Kendall Mims ("97), Angela Hennigan ("95) and 
Jill Cantrell { "93) were among the attendees of the Dallas 
alumni crawfish boil. 

Pesky Hill ('72) Assistant Athletic Director of 
Development Rob Zinkan and Carol Hill ("71) attended 
the Shreveport student recruiting reception. 




Alumni Columns Summer 2002 / 12 

Class Notes/Profiles. 



Marie E. Toups is retired from Lockport High School 

after 42 years as a teacher and principal. She lives in 



Mozelle Smith Lasyone retired from LaSalle Parish 
School Board as a special education teacher. She is 
married and lives in Jena. 


Frances Ann Gibson Enevoldsen retired from Lincoln 
Public Schools as an elementary principal. She lives in 
Lincoln, Neb. 


James Kenneth Howard is employed at Caddo Parish 
School and LSU Medical Center. He is married and lives 
in Shreveport. 


Bobbie L. Goree is retired after 35 years from Citgo 
Corporation as the chief operator. He is married and 
lives in Sulphur. 

Winnie Dowden Wyatt lives in Grapevine, Texas with her 


Betty E. Kinman is a retired registered nurse. She is 

married and lives in Choudrant. 


A. Edwin Thedford is an associate professor of music at 

Ouachita Baptist University in 

Arkadelphia, Ark. He is currently serving as state 

president for the Arkansas Chapter of the National 

Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). 

Diane Sue Imhoff is a counselor at Regina Dominican 
High School in Wilmette. 111. She lives in Desplaines, 111. 

J. Catherine (Kay) Bryant is the hospital administrator at 
Dubuis Hospital of Shreveport. 


William "Bill" W. Robinson is a semi-retired 

orthodontist. He is married and lives in Sherman, Texas. 


Jane Jeffress Gault is a retired educator. She is married 

and lives in Pleasant Hill. 

Bobby G. Guin is retired from La. Department of Social 
Services after 32 years. He is a deputy sheriff with the 
Winn Parish Sheriff Office. 


Grover Lamar Bates is the supervisor of photography at 
Georgia Perimeter College. He is married to Diane N. 
Bates ('67) and they live in Loganville, Ga. 

Dr. E.T. Noone is a professor of mathmatics at Longview 
College in Farmerville, Va. This year he received the 
William C. Lowery College/University Mathmatics 
Teacher of the Year Award from the Virginia Council of 
Mathmatics this spring. He is married to Jean Noone and 
lives in Prospect, Va. 

Maiy Ann Provenza Bargmann 

Class of 1968 




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Northwestern State University's education graduates can be found all 
over the country. Piano, Texas is where you will find NSU graduate 
and Barksdale Elementary Principal Mary Ann Provenza Bargmann. 

After graduating in August of 1968, Bargmann almost immediately 
went to work in her hometown of Shreveport, teaching at Caddo Heights 
Elementary. After 1 1 years of classroom teaching, she became the 
curriculum coordinator for six years and quickly moved up to principal. 

A move to Texas brought her to the city she lives in today. 

"My husband's work brought me to Texas," Bargmann said. "I had 
heard that Piano was a wonderful place to teach. When I applied, I checked 
everything that I could do from teaching to principal on the application. 
My husband said 'What are you going to do if they put you back in the 
classroom?' Sure enough, that's what happened." 

Her credentials did not leave her in the classroom for long. During her 
second year, she was asked to help start Barksdale Elementary, a new 

"I love working with children," Bargmann said. "My first love is 
teaching. I also love working with the staff to support them and helping 
them get the training they need to be successful teachers. I am a very 
hands-on administrator. I go to classrooms everyday and know about 80 
percent of my students by name." 

Bargmann's influence on education came from her father. 

"Daddy raised six children," she said. "He told us we would all 
graduate, and he didn't mean just high school. He taught us that education 
is the key to success. Yet he didn't have the means to support us, so we 
made the best of it by working through school and taking out loans." 

There was no question Bargmann would attended NSU. She followed in 
the footsteps of her two older sisters after they told her that Northwestern 
was the best school to study education. 

"NSU was a good college for me," Bargmann said. "It offered an 
education in my field and I certainly have done well with that education." 


Alumni Columns Summer 2002 / 13 

Class Notes /Pro files - 


John Patrick McMeel is a commander of the Naval Reserve Force. 

He is married, has three children and lives in Slidell. 

Judy Ann Gowland Edwards retired in May with 36 years of service 
in East Baton Rouge Schools as a teacher and school counselor. She 
is married to Terry E. Edwards ("65). a real estate appraiser. 


Bobby D. Land is retired from Marathon Oil Company as an 
offshore operator. He is married to Fern Monroe Land ('63), a 
retired teacher and they live in Colfax. 


G. Thom Williams is the manger of business banking at Hibernia 

Bank in Lake Charles. He is married and has two children. 

Don Vallery is retired. He lives in Bossier City with his wife. 


Michael Ramsey, professor of clinical laboratory science at the 
University of Louisiana at Monroe, was named Outstanding Professor 
in the College of Allied Health and Rehab Profesions in April. 

Urson Steve Bade works in the USAF Petroleum Office as the 
director of plans and programs at Ft. Belvoir. He is married, has 
children and lives in Stafford, Va. 


Melissa Muse Trammell is a supervisor of special education. She is 

married, has two sons and lives in Campti. 

Belinda Flowers Birch is employed at Peralta Community in 
Oakland, Calif, as a senior programmer analyst. She is currently 
doing continuing education at Merritt College in the Dietetic Tech 


Mike Sibley was recently promoted to director of business and 
economic development services for Cleco Power LLC, a subsidiary 
of Cleco Corporation. 


Robert Edward Carnes is employed at the LSU Alumni Association. 

He is married and has four children. 

Michael Joseph Maher is the assistant director of the South Shore 
Collaborative School in Higham, Mass. He is married and has two 
children. They live in Cohasse, Mass. 


Hector Giron is a general manager for Semillas Magna in Caracas, 

Venezuela. He is married and has two children. 

Randy Johnson is dean of students, athletic director and head 
football coach at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School. He 
lives in Robert. 


Renee Meche Bose Sims works in marketing, customer service and 
is the outreach supervisor of laboratory services at Presbyterian 
Hospital of Dallas. 


Angela D. Wetherington Capello is employed by La. Department 
Wildlife and Fisheries as a wildlife educator 111. She is married to 
Kenneth Capello ("93) and they live in Pineville. 

William E. "Bill"" Murry is a financial advisor at AXA Advisors LLC in 
Oakdale. He is married and has two children. 

Leigh A. LaRose Beaumont is employed at Gambit Communications in 
New Orleans as a credit manager. She is married and lives in Kenner. 


Terrell E. Spears teaches at a public high school in Saint Augustine, Fla. 

He has five children and will become a grandfather in August. 


Christi Moore is the director of continuing education at Louisiana 

College. She lives in Pineville. 


Yvette LaSha Garrett Williams is the assistant to the registrar at NSU. 

Michelle Ann Efferson is a teacher and coach at Central High School. 
She lives in Gonzales. 


Kelly D. Rushton McCormick is a housewife. She is married to Jim 

McCormick ('88), has three children and lives in Bentonville, Ark. 

La Wanna Shows Faught is employed by Ascension Parish School Board 
at Lake Primary as a teacher of preschool disabled. 


Ashlie Annette Cox Delrie is a RN at Advantage Nursing. She is married 

and has two children. 

Walter Brett Harris is a software engineer for GHG Corporation in the 
Clear Lake area of Houston, Texas. He is married and has a son. They 
live in Pearland, Texas. 


Larry J. Conner is the pastor and founder of Victory unto Victory 

Revivals, Inc. He is married and lives in Lawton, Okla. 

Sabra Lauren Lands is employed at First National Bank in commercial 
lending in Springdale, Ariz. 

Kelle S. Wilson is a high school deaf education teacher for the Fort Bend 
Independent School District in Sugarland, Texas. She lives in Houston. 


Malcolm Rene works at GPS Community Credit Union. He is married 

and lives in Humble, Utah. 

Joni Atkinson is a sales manager at Candle Corporation. She lives in 

Karen Kennedy is a human resources manager at Multifamily Security in 
Addison, Texas. She lives in Dallas. 

Andre James Simon is employed at First Baptist Church in Nacogdoches, 
Texas as the minister of music. He is married and has one child. 

Angelia Sherree Joubert Smith is the nursing home administrator at 
Golden Age Nursing Center. She is married and lives in Jena. 

Alumni Columns Summer 2002 / 14 

Class Notes/ Profiles. 


Michael Chance 

Kenneth Bryan Capello is a mentor coordinator at 
Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program. 
He is married to Angela Wetherington Capello ("82) and 
they live in Pineville. 


Dennis Raymond Spires is a math teacher at Pickering 
High School. He is married to Stacie Hudson Spires 
('94). has a five-year-old named Cohen Spires and lives 
in DeRidder. 


Todd K. Patrick is a sales recruiter for Spherion in 

Orlando. He is married and lives in Lake Mary. Fla. 

Frances Ann Gadd Adams is a staff nurse in med-surg 
department at Sabine Medical Center. She lives in 

Judi Dwana Free Walker is a special education teacher 
in Grant Parish. She is married and has two children. 
They live in Bentley. 

D. Clay Gardner is a personal financial advisor for 
American Express Financial Advisors, Inc. He is 
married and lives in Baton Rouge. 

Wanda Fay Johnson is employed by the state of 
Louisiana as a social service specialist I. She is married, 
has one child and lives in Alexandria. 

Nolan W. Baily is a software engineer for Worldcom Inc. 
He develops automation applications for WorldCom 
Global Integration Lab. He lives in Piano, Texas. 


Karen A. Townsend is working as a career resource 

specialist at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, 


Bobby "Boots" Wayne Adams Jr. is the vice president of 
marketing at ICT Insurance. He coaches little league 
baseball and is enrolled at LSU to pursue an MBA. He 
is married to Candace T. Adams COO) and they have two 
children. They live in Baton Rouge. 

Andy Field is employed at Oak Park Middle School in 
Lake Charles as an eighth-grade math and algebra one 
teacher. He is married and lives in Lake Charles. 


Jeannine M. Bordelon is a registered nurse at Lincoln 

General Hospital in Ruston. 

Jerlonda Thomas is a professor in the communications 
division and testing coordinator at Brookhaven College. 
She lives in Dallas. 

Ryan Tate Wilson is a teacher at Bossier High School. 
He is married to Wende Coker Wilson ('98) and they 
live in Stonewall. 


A. J. Kennedy is currently working in Baton Rouge for 

Arch Wireless as a sales executive. He is married to 

Lauren Brown Kennedy ('98) and they live in Denham 


Class of 1973 

The events of September 1 1 seem far away to many of us, but for one 
alumnus, Michael Chance, it was a day that changed his home forever. 

Chance is the director of church development for the Metro New York 
Baptist Association. He works on leadership development for pastors and 
is the key leader of 200 churches in the New York area. 

Chance, who lives in East Brunswick, New Jersey, said the terrorist 
attacks of last fall changed not only his attitude on life, but the attitudes of 
all New York. 

"Prior to 9/1 1, New York thought that the whole world revolved around 
us," said Chance. " The events caused New Yorkers to pull together and 
become a family. It's not nearly the arrogant and rude city that it was.'" 

Chance's office building is three and a half miles from Ground Zero, 
and their building became the center of the Southern Baptist response to 
the events and became very much involved in the relief efforts. 

Late in the evening, he and his daughter went to Ground Zero to support 
the emergency response teams. Even though most of Manhattan had been 
evacuated and few people were getting through to the wreckage. Chance 
was let through to help console the tiresome workers. 

Chance's most vivid memory of the events was his returning to work on 
September 13. It was his first chance to see the skyline and how it was 

"I wept," said Chance. "I felt personally violated. It destroyed the city I 
love and service." 

Chance is a 1973 graduate of Northwestern. His decision to attend NSU 
came very early. 

"There was no other school I wanted to go to," he said. "I had a fifth 
grade teacher named Curtis Paul. It was his first teaching assignment. I 
idolized him and he always talked about his days at Northwestern. I don't 
think I ever applied to any other school." 

Chance thought he wanted to go into radio broadcasting and was 
working toward a degree in speech. 

"It was because of my involvement with the BCM that I was lead to the 
ministry," said Chance. God was leading me in a different direction. It was 
a major turning point in my life. I am grateful to Northwestern and the 
BCM," said Chance. "I would not be doing what I do now, I promise you 
that." Ill 

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Class Notes/Profiles 

Linda L. Bier Keller is employed by Century 21 Napolitano & Scaggs 
Realty as a realtor. She lives in DeLand, Fla. 

Lauren Brown Kennedy teaches fifth grade at Denham Springs 
Elementary. She is married to A.J. Kennedy ('98). 

Samala Duffy is a Probation Officer at Pima County Juvenile Court. 
She is married to Jeremy Cook ("98). They have two daughters and 
live in Green Valley, Ariz. 

Jeremy Cook is working with the INS as a border patrol agent. He is 
married to Samala Duffy ("98). 

Shannon Leigh Rachal currently works at Books A Million in Lake 
Charles. She also plays trombone and baritone in the Lake Charles 
Community Band. She is active in the choir at UMW at Welsh 
Memorial Untied Methodist Church in Vinton. She lives in Vinton. 

Donita Poteat is a third grade teacher at West Leesville Elementary. 
She is also pursuing a master's degree in educational technology. She 
is getting married May 25, 2002. 

Flora M. Saez is an account manager at Assessment Technologies in 


Dionne Margaret Boyce is employed at Eden Park Elementary in East 

Baton Rouge. She lives in Prairieville. 

Frances McGill is an event manager at The Hotel Blue in downtown 
Albuquerque. She is engaged and will be getting married on October 
5, 2002. She lives in Rio Rancho. N.M.- 
Jacqueline Ann Borrero is currently attending graduate school at NSU- 
Cenla in school counseling. 

Ian James East is the branch manager at Enterprise Rent-a-Car in 
Ruston. He lives in West Monroe. 

Wuanicia Denise Milner Kirts is a teacher at the Grant Parish Police 
Jury Head Start. She is married and has two children. 


Katie Irene Bowen is the coordinator of development services at LSU. 

Benjamin B. Beebe recently received his commission as a naval officer 
after completing Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Naval Aviation 
Schools Command. Naval Air Station in Pensacola. Fla. 

Betsy Ruth Corley Warwick is a family and consumer science teacher 
and cheer coach at Georgetown High School. 


Shelly Baswell Stroud is director of recruiting at Bossier Parrish 
Community College. She is married to Stephen Taylor Stroud ("00). 
They have one son and live in Elm Grove. 

Robert J. McCormack is in management with Tyson Fodds. He lives 
in Madisonville. Ky. 

Dieter Fertsch is currently the general manager at COGACSA, an agro 
industrial firm in Honduras. He is also the Latin American 
representative for Garlock Seals in Miami. 

June Kristy Michot is the assistant to the director of 

Institution Research and Effectiveness at Louisiana State University at 

Alexandria. She lives in Bunkie. 

Wes B. Rutherford is an officer with the Carrollton City Police. He is 
married and has two children. He lives in Carrollton. Texas. 

Jennifer L. Owens Black is a stay at home mom. She is married to John 
Robert Black ('98). They have two children and live in Bossier City. 

Anna Marie Ralph Vieages is a notarial secretary/notary public at Carol 
A. Newman, APLC. She is married, has three children and lives in 

Nicole Michelle Jagers works in sample management at Pace Analytical 
Services, Inc. She is married and lives in New Orleans. 


Lori Ann Maria Miller will attend the University of Florida for graduate 

school this fall. 


In Memory 

'30 Edith Eloise Whittington Durham 

'32 Opal Sutton Jacobs, New Orleans, January 17, 2002 

'32 Clarice McFarland Berlin 

'36 Mary Lengendre Caillouet, Thibodaux. February 23, 2002 

'37 E Chaudoir, Port Allen, January 3, 2002 

'38 Charles Hartley Mathis Jr.. Baton Rouge, December 04, 2000 

'38 Robert Jones, Oakdale. March 21, 2002 

'38 Rosemary Thomas Baker, April 19, 2002 

'39 Ona V. Miller, Florien, February 20, 2002 

'41 Mrs. Henry Maurin, August 21, 2001 

'43 Dorothy Cleveland Smith, Sulphur, March 2, 2002 

'46 Dr. James Bailey, Franklinton. November 10, 2001 

'51 Lolan Earl Nunley, Tyler, Texas, June 5. 2001 

'51 Geneva Smith, November 1, 2001 

'52 Major Cecil P Davis, Portland, Ore., January 4, 2002 

'65 Dr. Edgar Waters Bryan III, Kemmerer, Wyo., February 10, 2002 

'70 Archie Wayne Anderson, March 25. 2002 

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Over 40 members of the Class ol i 932 R-ceivcd iliL-ir 5(J-year diplomas during Northwestern State University's spring com- 
mencement exercises. The class spent the day touring the City of Natchitoches, catching up on old times and walking across 
the commencement stage once again. Those who participated are. Zona Mae Morris Antony, Sammie Jean Banks, Kathlyn 
Dawkins Bonsall, Irene Hebert Chesnutt, Jean Burkhalter Clark, Beryl DeLoach Combs, Mary Jo Houston Fragala, Louisa Johnson 
Fremming, Katharine Hopkins Prey, George Neal Grammer, Charlotte Martin Hamilton, Ruth Lee Harlan, Fay B. Holloway, 
James "Ken" Howard, Beth McGuffee Johnson, Georgene Claxton Kehoe, Sue Tucker Kimball, Pat Cameron Klassen, Marilyn 
Barnett Light, Hazel Jean Lyons, Henry "Buddy" Maggio, Ronald Martin, Beverly Miles Melancon, Al Morgan, Dudley Isaac 
Morrison, Helen Schlette Newsom, Sarah Alma Richardson Owers, Frank Pasqua, Dollie Smith Petrus, Daniel Poole, Nelwyn 
Boydston Poole, Artie Ranew, Sharon Wright Ricke, Shelton Robinson, Quincy L. Ropp, Firal Ryder, Wanda Dolores Sutherland 
Sims, Carolyn McLean Steelman, Darlene Blackwell Bennett Thompson, Eunive Schelette Trahan, Patricia Marmande Trahan, 
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